We get it. You really don’t like the way your pet is behaving and/or feel badly that your pet is feeling anxious or aggressive. You want your pet to be happy but also would like to be able to improve his or her behavior so both you and your pet can live a less stressful life and a life filled with more joy than angst.
Here at the Animal Behavior Clinic of New Jersey (ABC of NJ) we know how critical it is to help you and your pets establish a healthy way to communicate and understand each other. Sometimes our pets are totally normal and just trying their best to fit into our human world which can lead to behavior problems. Other times, their brains may be a bit, well… “off balance”, or in more technical terms, neurodivergent. Either way, we are here to help.
Dr. Levine has spent many years studying the field of animal behavior and veterinary medicine for one purpose: to help families and pets understand each other, improve the welfare and quality of life of the pets and thereby, improve the life of the whole family. This passion led to the creation of The ABC of NJ.
Dr. Levine and her team understand how very stressful living with pets with behavioral issues can be. She and her team also understand that you love your pet and need some qualified help and guidance to understand why your pet is engaging in certain behaviors and the options that may help. Every family and pet is unique. This clinic is a judgement free zone and a safe space to talk about your concerns and hopes. We are here to help and give guidance.
At ABC of NJ, we strive to provide high quality behavioral health care where we promise to be direct and honest while also maintaining compassion and care.
The behavior team works together to offer a range of treatment options for our patients in a manner that is safe, effective, and based on principles of learning theory, neuroscience, ethology, and behavioral medicine. The clinic’s seasoned support team works closely with Dr. Levine to implement treatment plans that utilize years of education, experience, and research. We work with pets with aggression, anxiety, hyper-arousal, frustration, compulsive behaviors, house-soiling, senility, separation related problems, and more.
Dr. Emily Levine started her career at The College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University graduating in 2000. She completed a one-year internship at a specialty medical and surgical referral hospital in Arizona, followed by a residency in animal behavior at The Cornell University Hospital for Animals. After completing her residency, Dr. Levine moved to England where she ran the behavior clinic at the University of Lincoln, participated in clinical behavior research, and worked as an instructor. Dr. Levine then spent 13 years at the Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield NJ where she was the director of the behavior service. She has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as co-edited international proceedings on behavior research. She is currently working on a children’s book to help teach young children (and their parents) how to safely live with dogs. She enjoys learning about each pet she sees and their human caretakers!
Deb Edwards is a certified animal control officer, certified animal cruelty investigator and is certified silver in low-stress handling techniques and is Fear Free Certified. Before joining the Animal Behavior Clinic as a behavior technician for Dr. Levine, Deb worked as an animal control officer for the town of Parsippany, as Operations Director of Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, and as Director of the Training and Behavior Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. She has taught veterinary technicians LOW-STRESS handling TECHNIQUES, developed foster care programs for cats, does all of the cat training for the ABC clients and has taught kitten classes. She also teaches veterinary staff how to make a day in the life of pets in the vet hospital less stressful for the pets, the staff and the owners. She also helps to keep Dr. Levine on track!
Stacey Rivera is a NJ State Certified Veterinary Technician whose long time interest in veterinary behavior brought her to The Animal Behavior Clinic of NJ. Prior to her position as a Behavior Technician, Stacey has over a decade of experience in general practice at The Maywood Veterinary Clinic. Her skills are exceptional in all aspects of veterinary technology. She enjoys meeting new pets and their parents and is eager to help cats and dogs live in harmony with their humans. Stacey has a heart for rescue, and in her spare time she devotes herself to helping orphaned kittens find homes.